New Ravenna Introduces Plume: Hyperrealistic Feather Mosaics
The artists at New Ravenna, located on the serene Eastern Shore of Virginia, are inspired daily by the beauty of their natural surroundings. The remarkable composition of found bird feathers reveal the intricate patterns that lend themselves to the creation of mosaics.
The complex details of the Plume mosaic panels depict pheasant and guinea hen feathers. Set against pitch-black matte Obsidian glass, organic colors emerge, creating a unique mosaic, which replicates each feather. There are 18 colors of glass in each glossy plume, which merge into a hand crafted hyperrealistic portrait. Grouted in eight different colors, the elegant details are a testament to the art of mosaic and the beauty of nature.
Creative director, Cean Irminger, says, “When we began work on this series, the idea was to create an image of many overlapping feathers with a chiaroscuro effect for depth. However, once we reviewed the photographs, we realized that each feather was a natural work of art in and of itself and deserved to be treated as such. We instead decided to create separate specimen studies rendered in monumental scale to magnify the nuanced complexities and drama found in a single feather. The Plume panels blend the beauty of the natural world with the astonishing talent of our master mosaicists.”
The three 4 ft. x 7 ft. feather panels took one month to create. The feathers include hand-cut pieces of jewel glass in Jasper, Lavastone, Schist, Tourmaline, Tortoiseshell, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Agate, Quartz, Labradorite, Pearl, Opal, Moonstone, Alabaster, Sardonyx, Ruby, Garnet, and Carnelian. The background is Obsidian with a matte Sea Glass finish.
The Plume series and all other New Ravenna mosaics are available at showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai. Visit www.newravenna.com, or call (757) 442-3379.